Mourinho: Some Man Utd players deserve to rest

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

Mourinho said: "The situation you should have to play a postponed game in the last week of the season - the last week - is insane. In all my career, in Europe, in the group stages I was never out, in the last 16 I was out only once", he added.

"So this is a period in one week when I have to give one day off and now I give a day off to (Antonio) Valencia. [Ander] Herrera one day off", he said.

So I reached the semi-finals 10 times, I go always until the end of the competitions.

"It is a la carte and trying to have the people the best they can".

Balancing the desire to win with resting players has been hard and Mourinho joked it would have been worse was it not for Ander Herrera's sending off in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea.

The Red Devils will battle the Eredivisie side in the final of the competition to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season.

An unfortunate knack for drawing games they have dominated has left United sixth in the standings and four points off a Champions League berth, with 12 matches in the 25-game unbeaten run which ended at Arsenal last weekend finishing level. "It's massive for us and you can see how everyone's come on this year".

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And the United boss urged the fringe players he has given an opportunity against Spurs to seize the chance to impress him. "I don't know when we would be playing that game".

"(Daley) Blind played today after 90 minutes on Thursday.

Marouane Fellaini could return after serving a ban.

Since Ibrahimovic's absence, Rashford has been given the responsibility of leading the attack at United.

Mourinho said: "I have to build teams with the minimum of conditions to fight for the result". "I think that his dad's funeral has to be between Tuesday and Wednesday in France".

United, whose best known players include Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney, said it expected to report full-year revenue between 560-570 million pounds, better than its previous forecast of between 530-540 million pounds.

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